Romance and Exemplarity in Post-War Spanish Women's Narratives

October 2009
200 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855661929
Format: Hardback
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Tamesis Books

Romance and Exemplarity in Post-War Spanish Women's Narratives

Nino Kebadze

A reading of women's post-war literary representations in terms of exemplarity.
The effects of General Francisco Franco's authoritarian rule (1939-1975) on the production and reception of cultural texts can be gauged by the silence that now surrounds them. This is especially true of works which enjoyed considerable popularity when first published. Most of the novels in question belong to the sentimental genre known as novela rosa, whose authors-mostly women-and heroines Academe has consistently treated as literary pariahs.
This volume represents the first serious effort to question the categories used to assess the value and meaning of texts previously presumed to be devoid of both. It does so by bringing to the fore the operative premise of Francoist cultural politics, wherein fictional works have the power to mould individual character and conduct. Narratives by Luisa-María Linares, Concha Linares-Becerra, Carmen de Icaza and María Mercedes Ortoll are thus examined in terms of the effects that they were expected to have on their readers, and the constraints that such expectations placed on the works' production and reception. The result is a paradox: while the study of women's bestselling novels is by definition a study of the constraints that shape them, careful reading reveals the limitations of those selfsame constraints.

NINO KEBADZE is an Assistant Professor in the Hispanic Studies Department of the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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Table of Contents

From Nationalist Victory to New Signifying Practices
Engendering Exemplary Women
La perfecta casada: The Catholic Model of an Ideal Wife
El ángel del hogar and the Bourgeois Ideal of Domesticity
Female Formation and La nueva mujer of the Falange
Post-War Conventions of Representing Women: Gender and Genre Constraints
"La imperfecta casada" or the Making of an Ideal Wife in Luisa-María Linares' Un marido a precio fijo
Interpreting 'Surrender' in Concha Linares-Becerra's Como los hombres nos quieren
Carmen de Icaza's Soñar la vida or the Imperative to Dream
Taking Matters into Your Own Hands in María Mercedes Ortoll's En pos de la ilusión


This important and well-written monograph opens up new horizons in exploring the representation and mediation of normative models of womanhood in early Francoist Spain in writers who have so far been sidelined by the literary academy. BULLETIN OF SPANISH STUDIES

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